80th Congress Convenes, 1947/01/06
(1) "Hears Truman Address - Washington, DC: For the first time in fourteen years, a Republican-dominated congress assembles to hear the presidential message on the state of the Union. He asks for moderate labor legislation and urges speeding of peace settlements." (2) Miami: Orange Bowl Parade (3) Bowl Games college football (4) Pasadena: Tournament of Roses (partial newsreel).
Production Company Universal StudiosAudio/Visual sound, b&w
May 31, 2006
Giant Balloons, Congressmen, and Other Things That Are Filled With Hot Air
Dull post-war newsreel documenting the opening of the 80th congress, the first with a Republican majority since 1931. The section featuring President Trumanâs state of the union address drags on and on. More interesting are the stories about the Orange Bowl and Tournament of Roses parades, with their goofy floats, including a really scary giant dog balloon. But this is interspersed with boring footage of the football games, resulting in a pace that continues to drag.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.